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Total Time Commitment for AP Exams - Breaks Included?

Kind of stressed about time management during AP season. Can anyone tell me how long the AP World History exam is from start to finish, including the breaks? Just trying to get a sense of what I’m signing up for!

8 months ago

Understandably, AP exams can be a source of stress, but knowing what to expect can definitely help with managing that pressure. The AP World History exam officially is 3 hours and 15 minutes long. This includes the multiple-choice and short-answer sections totaling 1 hour and 55 minutes, a 10-minute reading period for the document-based question, and 1 hour and 40 minutes for the document-based question and long essay question combined.

There will also be a break between the multiple-choice/short-answer section and the free-response section, typically about 10 minutes. Some variability might occur with starting times or length of breaks depending on the testing site administration, but this is generally what you can expect. If you consider a bit of time before the exam starts to settle in and get instructions, as well as some time at the end to collect materials, a safe bet is to plan for about 4 hours from arrival until you're completely done. Good luck with your preparation!

8 months ago

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